—Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Susan Kawandami, has commended North-Western Water Supply and Sewerage Company (NWWSSC) for constructing a sewerage facility in Solwezi’s Kandundu C Compound to improve hygiene and sanitation in the area.
Ms Kawandami said the sewerage treatment plant project is a big milestone that will contribute to a healthier and more dignified environment for over 800 residents in the initial 120 Kandundu C households connected to the system.
She said the communities in the area will also greatly benefit from the Biogas project for cooking and thereby reduce electricity energy consumption on the already-overstretched national grid.
Ms Kawandami said this in Solwezi when she commissioned the pilot Decentralized Waste-Water Treatment System (DEWATS) Project which also has a Biogas production component which enables households to cook using the gas produced from the treatment system.
“The project is a big milestone that will contribute to a healthier and more dignified environment for the more than 800 residents of Kandundu C and is expected to set a good example for further sanitation projects,” she said.
Ms Kawandami implored local authorities to work together with the utility company to enhance development with regard to expansion of water and sanitation infrastructure effectively by ensuring order in the allocation of plots.
She also urged the company’s customers including government departments to promptly settle their bills to enable the company continue to provide required services.
Speaking earlier, NWWSSC Managing Director, Anott Chilwesa, appealed to government, which is the largest customer, to settle their bill which is standing at KR 3,978,757.
In a speech read on his behalf by Company Public Relations and Commercial Manager, Mabvuto Tembo, Mr Chilwesa said the company requires support of customers because the development of adequate water and sanitation infrastructure to meet current and future needs of the province needs huge financial resources and an integrated approach involving various stake holders.
And Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) acting Manager, Jackson Mulenga, said the project cost KR 2,200,000 which the water utility company obtained from DTF.
Mr Mulenga has since urged all commercial utilities to take advantage of the funding through DTF to provide large-scale additional access to safe sanitation for people living in peri-urban and low-cost areas of the country.